About this document
The study compliments a 2012 report Review of Australia’s Halon Essential Uses Requirements prepared by the same authors.
The 2020 study used updated information and developed a wide range of scenarios based on different assumptions. The study found that under certain ‘worse case’ scenarios, future domestic demand of one type of halon, halon 1301, may be much greater than the current supply at the halon bank. Most other scenarios, such as those where halon alternatives are developed quickly, showed the halon bank being able to meet estimated demand.
The report wasn’t released immediately after its completion as it was considered desirable that, in addition to the aviation industry consultation that did occur in preparing the report, further consultation take place on the scenarios presented in the report.
This consultation was not able to be as extensive as desirable due to the COVID-19 pandemic and ongoing upheavals in the aviation industry.
Despite this, the report has been released as it will provide an important update on possible halon domestic demand, allow the department to be transparent in its halon stockpile management and pro-actively addressing potential future halon shortages, and emphasising the importance of finding halon alternatives which is emerging as a globally recognised problem.
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